Olympic Gold: Barcelona 92

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a game by U.S. Gold, and Tiertex
Genre: Sports
Platforms: Sega GenesisGenesis, GameGear
Editor Rating: 7.2/10, based on 10 reviews
User Rating: 8.0/10 - 2 votes
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See also: Olympic Games
Olympic Gold: Barcelona 92
Olympic Gold: Barcelona 92
Olympic Gold: Barcelona 92
Olympic Gold: Barcelona 92

Olympic Gold by U.S. GOLD is close to a full-fledged Genesis edition of the summer games, and it's not a bad first try. The game can accommodate up to four players and it packs seven events, opening and closing ceremonies, and good graphics.

As up-and-coming world-class I athletes, you and up to three friends register your names and countries, and choose among eight languages. Competition begins in one of three play modes: Training, Mini Olympics, or Full Olympics.

Fast button-jamming is a must during the three race events (100- meter Sprint, 110-meter Hurdles, j and 200-meter Freestyle Swimming). Pound A and B to build up speed, and tap C to perform simple actions (dive, turn, stretch, or jump). It's simple, straight-up game play.

ProTip: Watch the Freestyle Swimming starting lights to get a jump on the competition.

Pole Vault and Hammer I Throw require an identical A/B button combo to gain momentum, and the control pad and/or C executes the moves. Timing your actions with your power build-ups is tricky.

Springboard Diving is tough to master. Using all three buttons and the control pad, you pull off leaps, pikes, twists, and tucks. Judges grade your dive's style and execution on a scale of 1 -10.

Press Left at the height of your Pole Vault to clear the bar.

Archery is excellent arcade fare. You adjust your bow's tension, then compensate for wind, and aim for the bull's eye. You get three flights of six arrows to score a medal.

Keep your tension to a minimum during low-wind Archery rounds.

Olympic Gold sports arena looks with colorful visuals and fluid movement. The crowd applause and musical ditties won't bug you. Real Olympic and world records are programmed into each event, and you compete with 20 computer opponents for the highest overall score.

Gold's on the right Olympic track, but the game's just too short! More events are sorely needed, and a lack of a battery or a password hurts ongoing play possibilities.

Consider Olympic Gold for a short, semi-sweet Genesis track & field fix, but no more. Olympic Gold wins the Bronze.

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP
  • Game modes: Single game mode

Player controls:

  • Up, Down, Left, Right - Arrow keys
  • Start - Enter (Pause, Menu select, Skip intro, Inventory)
  • "A" Gamepad button - Ctrl (usually Jump or Change weapon)
  • "B" button - Space (Jump, Fire, Menu select)
  • "C" button - Left Shift (Item select)

Use the F12 key to toggle mouse capture / release when using the mouse as a controller.


System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

Game Reviews

U.S. Gold's scaled-down Game Gear Olympic Gold is an 8-bit replica of the Genesis cart. Unfortunately, this is a good news/bad news situation. The handheld version's so close to the original that it shares nearly all of its big brother's strengths - and weaknesses.

As expected, the seven events match the Genesis' lineup stride-for-stride: 100-meter Sprint, 110-meter Hurdles, 200-meter Freestyle Swimming, Archery, Pole Vault, Hammer Throw, and Springboard Diving. Game Gear controls compensate for the GG's lack of three fire buttons without a hitch. Up to four players can compete by passing the Gear back and forth, but no head-to-head cable option is offered.

Measured against Game Gear standards, the graphics shine on, and on, and on. Only Archery's small target puts a slight strain on your vision. The sounds and music are as middle-of-the-road as the Genesis cart's. Game Gear Gold's shortcomings mirror the 16-bit edition's-too few events and the missing save game feature. Olympic Gold gets a good jump out of the starting blocks, but you won't break a sweat.

  • PROTIP: Watch the computer's demo to perfect your diving technique.
  • Manufacturer: U.S. Gold
  • Machine: Genesis
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Available: June 1992
  • Theme: Sports

Let the games begin!

With the summer games coming soon from Barcelona, U.S. Gold is bringing Barcelona '92 to the video gaming public not fortunate enough to attend the real event.

Barcelona '92 features all of the major events that will actually happen during the course of the summer games. There are seven events to choose from including track, hammer throw, diving and archery. A few of the options include practicing those events that you are not too confident about and even changing the language! You can compete against the computer, or have a bunch of your friends battle it out for the gold metal!

  • Manufacturer: U.S. Gold
  • Machine: Game Gear

Take on the Summer Olympics with your Game Gear! Barcelona '92 lets you take part in all of the action of pole vaulting, archery, swimming and more! Compete for the Gold Medal and make your country proud!

Barcelona 1992. It's the Olympic Summer Games all over again. This is your once in a lifetime chance to prove yourself in the world arena. You'll hear the crowd, feel the heat and experience the total rush of the ultimate in Olympic competition. Smash an Olympic Games record. Or beat up to three friends. Hey, you got to be tough. The world is your stage in this one.

Ready, Set, Go!!

Barcelona '92 for Game Gear is on the scene, and its only competition is its 16-Bit cousin on the Genesis!

You will compete in seven Olympic events: hammer throw, 100 meter hurdles, archery, diving, swimming, 100 meter dash and pole vaulting.

These games will test your skill and stamina, since you need to hit buttons 1 and 2 intermittently to gain speed. The most difficult event is diving! You can accomplish so many awesome aerial maneuvers that the timing becomes split second. Looking beyond the incredible graphics and animation, you may realize that this version is 100% portable! The control is precise and well-deserving of a closer look in the future for all Game Gear owners. Practice before you attempt the mini or full Olympics modes. Sometimes, the practice mode will show you how to perform even the most difficult moves! This comes in handy for the diving session and the pole vault events.

After all of that, you can even choose between eight different languages for the text as well!

Are you tired of just watching Olympic games on T.V.? Well, with Barcelona '92 from U.S. Gold, you can participate in many summer Olympic events!

From the menu screen, you can choose from archery, swimming, pole vaulting, skeet shooting, and many more! One to four players can join in to make the game even more exciting!

So for the next best thing to being at the games, Barcelona '92 is the one to check out!

The Summer Olympics are just around the corner. Thanks to the folks at U.S. Gold, anybody can take an Olympic trip to sunny Barcelona without leaving the comfort of their own home! In this beautiful, well-detailed game, you slip into the finely-tuned bodies of a variety of athletes and go head-to-head against some of the world's finest competitors. You can compete in seven events, including diving, swimming, hurdles, and the hammer throw. Before you attempt to go for the glittery gold, you might want to spend some time warming up in the practice mode. If not, it's head first into 100% pure Olympic competition.

One or two Olympians compete in events, including Track and Reid, Gymnastics, Bike Racing, and Swimming. Your achievements and world records are stored on battery backup, so you, too, can live forever in immortal sporting history.

Olympic Gold gives you the opportunity to compete in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

You can compete in seven different events: Hammer Throw, Springboard Diving, Pole Vaulting, Archery, 100 Meter Sprint, 110 Meter Hurdles, and 200 Meter Freestyle Swimming.

You can compete for fun, or to earn different medals: Gold, Silver, Bronze.

Olympic Gold is an officially sponsored by the Olympic Committee.

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